By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative/PAC Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
A loud cheer went up in Middletown, Pennsylvania, as an overflow crowd Saturday night reacted to news that Judge Amy Coney Barrett had been nominated for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. The central Pennsylvanians had gathered for an electrifying campaign rally for pro-life President Donald J. Trump.
A local broadcaster noted that the event marked the President’s fifth trip to the Keystone State during the month of September. Pennsylvania is considered one of the swing states in the 2020 election.
It has been said that as Pennsylvania goes, so goes the nation. Its 20 Electoral College votes are highly prized, as they were in 2016, when then-candidate Trump staged an astounding upset victory in the Commonwealth.
“We won Pennsylvania last time and we’ll win it by a lot more this time,” President Trump said Saturday.
During the rally, the President praised his Supreme Court pick for her impressive intellect and incredible professional accomplishments.
“She will defend your God-given rights and freedoms,” the President added.
The nomination of Judge Barrett to the High Court is boosting enthusiasm among pro-life voters in Pennsylvania, who often cite the Supreme Court as the number-one reason for their strong support of President Trump. Barrett has cited the late Justice Antonin Scalia, for whom she clerked, as her mentor and the inspiration for her judicial philosophy.
“I clerked for Justice Scalia more than twenty years ago, but the lessons I learned still resonate,” Judge Barrett said after she was introduced by President Trump, “His judicial philosophy is mine too.”
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge said,” A judge must apply the law as written. Judges are not policymakers, and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they may hold,” Barrett added.
The President noted that the judges who would be appointed by his opponent, pro-abortion Democrat Joe Biden, would force taxpayers to pay for abortions (something opposed by the vast majority of Americans, according to national public opinion polls).
Attendees at the Trump rally waited hours for the chance to see the most pro-life President in our nation’s history. In fact, the state affiliate of National Right to Life, the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, has announced that the President will be the recipient of its Pro-Life Leadership award next month.
One of the Commonwealth’s old marketing slogans was “You’ve got a friend in Pennsylvania.” It appears the President has a massive throng of friends in Pennsylvania, and they are prepared to carry him to victory on November 3rd.